My research is mostly on Greek literature, especially Homer and Greek
tragedy (for a list of my publications, click here),
though I have also done some work in Hellenistic poetry and a Bryn Mawr Commentary
on Lysias 1, and I regularly teach a class on Ovid. My current projects
include a new textbook on the Iliad and yet another Homer book, this
one about social interactions in the Homeric poems ("facework").
I also dabble in the study of films about ancient Rome. My
colleague Anja Bettenworth and I have made abstracts of some of our planned
articles available at our Roman movie page.
I am devoted to country dance and am a member of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, The Country Dance and Song Society, and a
very active member of the Ann Arbor Council
for Traditional Music and Dance. Also, I have choreographed
a couple of dances, one strathspey to honor Kendra Eshleman's doctorate
and a slightly tricky but (I hope) fun English dance to the "Parson's Farewell"
When my daughter was young, I made up a series of fairy tales characterized
by circularity. Anyone desperate for new bedtime stories is welcome
to these, which have been performed at family dance camps with some success:
The Shell from the Islands
The Princess Saved by Music
Also, I cook, especially cheap-and-nourishing soups developed in my poor-student
days. Although I don't have the time to post recipes, impecunious students
should try split pea made with Italian turkey sausage (vegetarians just use
fennel seed) and kale or collards; lentils with greens and cranberries (add
them at the very end and cook about five minutes); and pinto beans with brown
rice and canned corn, tomatoes, and green chilis.